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Topic - Matt Aiken
Darius Staten made his last home appearance a memorable one with a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead the Midshipmen to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night.
For all the talk about how Arizona State would handle Navy's triple-option offense, the real mismatch turned out to be when the Sun Devils had the ball.
Matt Aiken slipped into the end zone late in Navy's game against Indiana on Saturday, left alone as a cornerback blitzed.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds faked a pitch and turned to face the odds.
With two minutes left to play, a one-point lead to protect and a Homecoming party just waiting to begin, the Navy defense huddled at the 20-yard-line.
Trey Miller returned to the Navy sideline after Saturday's first possession as he had so often in September.
Shawn Lynch dutifully moved from wide receiver to safety after his freshman season at Navy.
Brandon Turner wore shoulder pads and shorts to Navy's football practice Monday afternoon. It wasn't the full set of equipment nearly all of his teammates adorned. It was still a welcome step forward.
Keegan Wetzel is one of the brightest people on Navy's football roster, with a 3.89 grade-point average at the rigorous academy an obvious giveaway.
Dominique Davis set two NCAA records for consecutive completions, connecting on all 26 of his first-half throws to extend his streak to 36 straight over two games, and East Carolina squeezed past skidding Navy 38-35 on Saturday night.
By the very nature of Navy's triple option offense, the Midshipmen's wide receivers are rarely notice
Shades of 1984 haunted the game until its final minute.
Reserve running back John Howell rushed for touchdowns of 57 and 50 yards, Kriss Proctor threw two long touchdown passes and Navy sent Western Kentucky to its 16th straight home loss with a 40-14 victory Saturday night.
Senior wide receiver Matt Aiken, a captain on the squad, said, "At the Naval Academy we deal with a lot of obstacles like this. It's something we just have to overcome."
Frustration grew throughout September, and Aiken said he heard about the possibility of a de facto redshirt.